May 22, 2006

Popular priest to deny sex charge

UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford Mail

By Chris Buratta

An Oxfordshire priest who has helped raise thousands of pounds for a South African hostel for homeless teenagers is facing child sex charges in the country.

Father Tony Hogg, of St James the Great Church in West Hanney, near Wantage, was arrested and charged with the indecent assault of a 10-year-old during a recent charity trip.

Since 1997, he has encouraged parishioners to raise more than 50,000 for the Don Bosco street project in Cape Town.

Hogg has denied the allegations and his lawyers claim he is the victim of a blackmail attempt.

Posted by kshaw at May 22, 2006 08:08 AM